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Reserves To Open Year With Haresfinch Visit

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Following the postponement of the Brighouse Rangers fixture a fortnight ago, the Cougars Reserves will open their 2018 programme with the visit of St Helens based amateur outfit Haresfinch.

The pre-season friendly takes place at Cougar Park this Wednesday (24th January) evening with a 7:45pm kick-off. Admission for this fixture is £3 for Adults and Concessions with Juniors admission being just £1.

This is the first of three scheduled friendlies for the reserves with Super League pair Huddersfield Giants (31st January) and Wigan Warriors (21st February) also due to visit Cougar Park in the lead up to the new season.

Reserves Head Coach Scott Lindsey has named a 20 man squad to face Haresfinch, which includes 8 debutants joining 12 players the club has retained from the 2017 season.

Luke Barnes, Cain Crotty, Miles Darwin, Ethan Egerton-Sharp, Ben Jackson, Joshua Murray, Jay Panter and Harry Williams are all new to Cougar Park for 2018 and will all don the Red, White and Green for the first time against Haresfinch this Wednesday evening.

Calvin Barker and Scotland Students International Luke Walters will both feature after a pre-season which saw the pair invited to train with the first team by Head Coach Craig Lingard.

Jak Adams, Jack Brown, Bradley Clarkson, George Kinnaird, Aaron Harlow-Stephenson, Aaron Levy, Keenan McConville, Aaron Nowell, Joshua Smith and Callum Smithson also return from last season’s squad for this season.

The Reserves Championship fixture list will be released in due course with the Cougars joined by Bradford, Halifax, Leigh, Wakefield and Wigan in this season’s league campaign.

RESERVES SQUAD TO FACE HARESFINCH:
Jak Adams
Calvin Barker
Luke Barnes
Jack Brown
Bradley Clarkson
Cain Crotty
Miles Darwin
Ethan Egerton-Sharp
Aaron Harlow-Stephenson
Ben Jackson
George Kinnaird
Aaron Levy
Keenan McConville
Josh Murray
Aaron Nowell
Jay Panter
Josh Smith
Callum Smithson
Luke Walters
Harry Williams

Building Comes To A Halt As Batley Change The Blueprints

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Keighley Cougars 0-28 Batley Bulldogs Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

CRAIG Lingard stated that Batley are the “blueprint” for his side after watching his side fall to a pre-season defeat to the Bulldogs.

Played in horrendous conditions throughout, the Cougars never got out of second gear in a contest the visitors controlled from start to finish.

“It’s a learning curve, we were playing against a well established Championship team that have grounded out the victory without doing anything too spectacular.

“Batley just completed their sets and were tough and physical throughout so it’s a blueprint that we need to aim for.

“That blueprint is to get a lot more physical and get a lot tougher both mentally and physically and you take what you can out of pre-season games.

“But, as I’ve said previously I look at the negatives and where we can improve and there are plenty of areas for improvement from our point of view.

“It was disappointing but we’re here to learn in friendlies and that is what we’re doing, I’m learning about the players and the team and the Championship is where we want to be and Batley have shown us today the standard we need to be and that we’re a long way from that.”

The game was a physical contest in the challenging conditions and that was on show early on with plenty of big hits from both sides, one of which saw Lewis Galbraith collide with Liam Senior, yet Galbraith managed to get the offload away to Shaun Ainscough who in turn sent Joe Chandler diving over.

The Bulldogs exposed the Cougars right edge defence once more when following a missed tackle, Ainscough broke and the winger put a grubber in goal for Tom Hemingway to pounce on.

Keighley’s line defence held strong to prevent the Bulldogs extending their lead as Tom Lillycrop was held up following a missed tackle from Ryan Wright but Batley broke that stronghold seconds later as Jason Crookes dived over from close range.

Despite the freezing temperatures that engulfed Cougar Park, thinks heated up towards the end of the first half when after a hand in the tackle, Lillycrop and Wright exchanged blows on the deck leaving the referee no option but to send both to the sin-bin.

Batley continued on the front foot in the second half as Adam Gledhill was held up over the line and from the resulting play the ball, James Davey managed to get his outstretched arm over for the try.

The Cougars then had their only real opportunity of the game to put some points on the scoreboard when Adam Ryder broke through the Bulldogs defensive line but spilt the ball at the crucial moment as he dove underneath the uprights.

The visitors then extended their lead with the afternoon’s final score, much to the frustration of Lingard, as from dummy half, Dave Scott exposed the room on the try-line to cross from a metre out without challenge.

The game then began to break down into a scrappy affair and it was leading to various incidents of handbags, the first coming after Brad Nicholson was penalised for a contentious shoulder charge on the kicker.

The Cougars coaching staff were then left rightly irate after a shoulder charge on Trae O’Sullivan went surprisingly unpunished by the officials, even after O’Sullivan had to depart the field with a severe case of concussion.

Keighley then had a period of play on the Batley line but couldn’t make it count.

Batley had the final scoring opportunity of the game as the hooter sounded but Izaac Farrell’s effort was ruled out for an obstruction in the build-up.

Home Comforts As Linners Faces Familiar Foes – Batley Preview

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Keighley Cougars v Batley Bulldogs Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 21st January

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley

After a long 133 days, the Cougars return to action in front of their home crowd as Craig Lingard’s side welcome the club where the Head Coach is seen as an all-time great, the Batley Bulldogs, to Cougar Park.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Cougars first friendly outing saw the side defeated 46-20 away at Championship newboys Barrow Raiders. Despite tries from Harry Aaronson, Lewis Fairhurst, Cameron Leeming and Adam Ryder on the day for Craig Lingard’s side, sloppy goal-line defence cost them dearly as Paul Crarey’s side crossed for 8 tries to condemn the young Keighley side to defeat.

Batley Bulldogs had to battle to register a 24-12 victory over a youthful Wakefield Trinity outfit at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. Despite falling behind early doors, tries from Alistair Leak and Shaun Ainscough but Batley into the lead and despite Trinity drawing level at 12-12, further tries from James Brown, Wayne Reittie and Dane Manning sealed the win for Matt Diskin’s side.

TEAM NEWS:

Craig Lingard makes 8 changes to the squad that were defeated in Cumbria last weekend with Captain Josh Tonks and half-back duo Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle amongst those coming into the side for their first runouts of the 2018 season. Linners is still without Samir Tahraoui (Off-Season Surgery), Brendon Rawlins (Finger) and Emmerson Whittel (ACL) but is able to welcome Davey Dixon (Illness) and Dan Parker (Motor Vehicle Accident) back from the treatment room.

Batley Head Coach Matt Diskin has only named a 17 man squad for the trip to Keighley stating that he has done so to get his side ready for the start of their Championship campaign. Dane Manning and Tom Lillycrop both signed new deals with the club this week and are included along with Batley’s recent new recruits Keenen Tomlinson and Lewis Galbraith. However, Dom Brambani, Patch Walker, Wayne Reittie, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe and James Harrison have all been rested.

KEY BATTLE:

The Bulldogs pack poses threats and size in abudance with the likes of Alex Rowe, James Brown, Michael Ward and Dane Manning all set to feature this Sunday at Cougar Park. This will prove a tough yet stern test for the Cougars forwards in both attack and defence, a test that Craig Lingard will be looking for his pack to stand up and be counted in.

THE SQUADS:

COUGARS: Bailey; Barnes; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Gabriel; Hardcastle; Hawkyard; Kenga; Law; Leeming; Lynam; Nicholson; O’Sullivan; Parker; Ryder; Senior; Tonks; Wright.

BULLDOGS: Ainscough; Brown; Chandler; Cowling; Crookes; Davey; Farrell; Galbraith; Gledhill; Hemingway; Holland; Lillycrop; Manning; Rowe; Scott; Tomlinson; Ward.

THE COACHES:

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “We need to have a look at where we are compared to last year. We played them in a competitive game and looked okay but didn’t really trouble them.

“We went back to the drawing board this week in certain areas and have a look at this weekend and see where we do well. We have five pre-season friendlies and we haven’t decided what our best 17 is yet, but that is what these friendlies are for.

“Batley have also strengthened a bit and you would expect them to be in the top half of the Championship, so it will be a good test for us.”

Batley Bulldogs Head Coach Matt Diskin: “Sunday is another opportunity for us to make some positive steps forward.

“Against Dewsbury we made the conscious decision to control field position a little bit more. And defensively, against Wakefield, I thought we were very good.

“Against Keighley we need to make some further steps forward, these friendlies are designed to get us ready and prepared for the first three games of the season.”

THE REFEREE:

The man in the middle at Cougar Park this Sunday is Billy Pearson from Barnsley. This pre-season outing will be Pearson’s first appointment officiating the Cougars since May of last year when he was the whistle blower for the Cougars League One regular season 24-44 victory away from home against the Coventry Bears.

SUMMARY:

The Bulldogs squad selection and pre-match quotes from Matt Diskin more than suggest that the visitors will be treating Sunday’s game as close to a competitive outing as possible and this will provide an extremely tough and physical test for Craig Lingard and his side. The Cougars are notoriously tough to beat at home though and it promises to be a real ding-dong battle between the two respective packs, a battle which will decide who will come out on top come 3:40pm on Sunday.

Squad Announcement – Batley Bulldogs

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has this morning named his side to face Batley Bulldogs this Sunday.

Ahead of the second pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018 Betfred League One campaign, and the first home game of 2018, Lingard, as expected, has made a number of changes from last week’s defeat to Barrow in order to give more players game time ahead of the new season.

Captain Josh Tonks and the half-back pairing of Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle both come into the side for their first runouts of 2018 after not featuring in Cumbria last weekend.

Davey Dixon and Dan Parker also come into the side to face the Bulldogs after missing the defeat to the Raiders due to illness and being involved in a motor vehicle accident respectively.

Ritchie Hawkyard, Scott Law and Nathan Conroy are the other three members of the 20-man squad named by Linners to get their first taste of action this year.

Last weekend’s Supporters’ Man of the Match Cameron Leeming is one of 12 players who will get their second 80 minutes of the new year along with Matthew Bailey, Hamish Barnes, Mike Emmett, Andy Gabriel, Jose Kenga, Josh Lynam, Brad Nicholson, Trae O’Sullivan, Adam Ryder, Liam Senior & Ryan Wright.

SQUAD TO FACE BATLEY:
1 – Ritchie Hawkyard
2 – Andy Gabriel
3 – Hamish Barnes
4 – Adam Ryder
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – Nathan Conroy
10 – Trae O’Sullivan
11 – Josh Lynam
13 – Mike Emmett
15 – Ryan Wright
17 – Cameron Leeming
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Liam Senior
23 – Benn Hardcastle
29 – Brad Nicholson
31 – Jose Kenga
32 – Dan Parker

Batley Friendly Admission Prices

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Keighley Cougars can today remind supporters of admission prices for Sunday’s pre-season friendly against the Batley Bulldogs.

The friendly at Cougar Park will kick off at 2:00pm and admission prices are as follows:
£10 – Adults
£5 – Concessions*
£1 – Juniors (17 & Under)

To qualify for a concession entry, you must meet one of the following criteria:
Senior Citizen aged 65+
Disabled Supporter
Student Aged 17-21 (Must produce a valid NUS or Student ID card upon entry)
Serving Member of the Armed Forces (Must show Military ID card upon entry)

We look forward to seeing you at Cougar Park this Sunday to support the boys!

C&L Herd Family Butchers Sponsor Our Freddie!

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We are pleased to announce that local butchers, C&L Herd Family Butchers, are sponsoring our mascot Freddie Cougar this season.

C&L Herds are investing in a new Freddie suit and 2018 shirt to upgrade our Freddie for the coming seasons. Freddie is very pleased!

The Butchers will also be the 2018 player sponsor of Aidan Scully as well as introducing a new tagline of Cougar Pies for Cougars Tries.

Cougars To Hold Women’s Team Open Trials

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Keighley Cougars will be holding open trials with the view to launch a women’s team at the club.

The trials will take place at Cougar Park on Monday 29th January with a start time of 6pm.

The team will be playing in the Merit League meaning fixtures will be played whenever players and opposition are available.

To book your place, declare interest, more information or send your CV, please contact Darren Greenwood on darren.cougarsrlfc@gmail.com

Rawlo Testimonial Tickets Still Available

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Tickets for Brendon Rawlins Testimonial Game are still available for purchase.

The game will take place at Cougar Park on Sunday 4th February (3pm KO) against a Leeds Rhinos side which is set to feature as many as 10 first team players.

Tickets bought before the day of the game are priced at:
£10 – Adults
£5 – Concessions (Seniors over 65/Disabled Supporters)
£5 – Juniors Aged 12 & 16
FREE – Juniors Aged 11

Tickets for this fixture can be bought by contacting either Margaret Proctor on 07980 893003 or either Darren Lynam or Fiona Brown through Facebook.

This is not an all ticket match and supporters can pay on the day at the same price.

Come down to Cougar Park and give Brendon your support.

Linners Draws The Line As Cougars Defeated

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Barrow Raiders 46-20 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

CRAIG Lingard was left frustrated by his side’s line defence after defeat in their first outing of 2018 away at familiar foes Barrow.

Despite an encouraging performance by the new look Cougars, they still shipped 8 tries as they fell to a 5th loss in 12 months at Craven Park.

“I’m not one of these coaches who will come out with how we’ll take the positives, I look at the negatives and how we can improve,” said Lingard.

“Our goal-line defence today was not good enough, we’ve prided ourselves throughout pre-season about working really hard on goal-line defence and bashing each other about but we didn’t bash Barrow today.

“We conceded really soft tries whether it is people missing one-on-one challenges or just being lazy in defence and when I look back at the video, I will be indentifying people who were missing tackles and not working hard enough.

“You can’t play a game of Rugby with just the ball in your hand, half the game is defence and if people don’t want to defend then they won’t be in my team, it’s as simple as that.”

The Cougars had the games first opportunity to score but Adam Ryder knocked on just metres out from the line but it would be the home side that broke the deadlock when from dummy half, Nathan Mossop weaved through and put Joe Bullock in underneath the posts.

The Cougars thought they had drawn level when Liam Senior charged down a Jamie Dallimore kick before kicking it on himself in goal but unfortunately Ryder failed to ground the ball.

The visitors were punished once more as Declan Hulme broke the Keighley line and linked up with Ryan Johnston to send Luke Cresswell racing over.

Keighley did finally breach the Raiders line as Cresswell missed a tackle on Harry Aaronson and Aaronson punished his opposite number by scoring from 30 metres out.

The visitors were now on the ascendency and came close to levelling the scores but Hamish Barnes couldn’t get close enough to Lewis Fairhurst’s grubber.

Lingard will have been pleased though as his side closed the margin to two points as Fairhurst broke the Barrow line and found the line despite the interests of Cresswell.

Raiders quickly restored their advantage though when Jarrad Stack and Dan Toal linked up and the latter dived over.

The half finished though on a sour note as Barrow were prevented from taking a quick tap restart resulting in a punch-up close to the line that resulted in Raiders winger Brett Carter being sent to the sin-bin.

The Raiders scored the first points of the second forty when they exposed Keighley’s right edge defence for Hulme to score.

Mossop extended the Barrow lead minutes later as he weaved his way underneath the uprights after the Cougars prevented Alec Susino finding the try-line.

Keighley wouldn’t go down without a fight and Cameron Leeming showed the fighting spirit as with great determination he fended off 2 would be tacklers to fight his way over the Barrow line.

The Raiders experience was showing though as the game entered its latter stages and Tom Walker sidestepped around a Cougars defender to add his name to the scoresheet.

The Cougars fighting spirit continued to shine through and after keeping the ball alive, Keighley exposed a rare Barrow defensive lapse for Ryder to dive over.

Yet again though, Barrow turned the screw and kept the ball alive themselves for Cresswell to double his tally.

Dan Toal then registered his second try 3 minutes for time as he broke through a tired Keighley defensive line.

2018 Begins In Barrow – Barrow Preview

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Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 14th January

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: J F Hornby Stadium, Barrow-In-Furness

The Cougars return to action after a 119 day wait! And they begin 2018 in the same fashion they finished 2017 back in September, with a trip to Cumbria to face familiar foes Barrow Radiers at the J F Hornby Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT:

Barrow secured promotion to the Betfred Championship as they grinded out a 10-6 home victory over Whitehaven in the League One Play-Off Final. Shane Toal scored both of the Raiders tries on a tense afternoon at Craven Park played in difficult conditions to secure promotion, but the game did not go without controversy with Whitehaven feeling they had a try wrongly disallowed after Dion Aiye scored there only points off the afternoon.

The Cougars finished 2017 with a 32-18  defeat away at the Barrow Raiders that saw them miss out on a place in the play-offs. Neil Cherryholme marked his final game before retirement with a rare try with both Davey Dixon and Andy Gabriel also finding the line, but a spell of ill discipline in the second half saw Barrow cross for three quickfire tries to snuff out any hopes of a comeback and end Keighley’s season.

TEAM NEWS:

Barrow Head Coach Paul Crarey includes three of his four off-season recruits in Glenn Riley, Jono Smith and Alec Susino but will be without Dean Parata who only arrived in the UK from Australia ahead of this weekend, although Parata is expected to be in attendance at Craven Park. Crarey will also be without Captain Martin Aspinwall and winger Shane Toal who both miss out through minor injuries sustained in pre-season training.

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard has opted to leave Captain Josh Tonks and half-back pairing Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle out of the side for tomorrow’s opening friendly with the trio expected to get their first runouts against Batley next weekend. Davey Dixon withdrew from the squad on Friday morning, with his place in the side taken by Reserves winger Calvin Barker. Matt Ross features in the first game of his trial period and is joined by 9 of Linners’ 13 off-season recruits.

KEY BATTLE:

Linners’ heads to Craven Park with a young side filled with new faces, one of which is second-row forward Liam Senior who joined the Cougars from Wakefield Trinity. Senior, who comes highly recommended from now Bradford Head Coach John Kear, find his first test in the shape of Barrow’s new signing from Rochdale Jono Smith who is considered one of the most powerful and dangerous in his position outside of the Super League. With both looking to lay down markers at their respective new clubs, it should be a physical and interesting tussle.

THE SQUADS:

RAIDERS: Ashall; Bullock; Carter; Crellin; Cresswell; Dallimore; Duerden; Fieldhouse; Holmes; Hulme; Johnston; Litherland; Loxam; Mossop; Riley; Smith; Stack; Susino; D Toal; Walker; Wiper.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Barker; Barnes; Emmett; Fairhurst; Gabriel; Gaylor; Hallas; Kenga; Leeming; Lumb; Lynam; Nicholson; O’Sullivan; Reed; Ross; Ryder; Senior; Wright.

THE COACHES:

Barrow Raiders Head Coach Paul Crarey: “I just want to come out of the pre-season games healthy. To me, it doesn’t matter about results this year.

“We were unbeaten in pre-season last year and did really well in the league, but it’s about giving everybody game-time and being ready for a tough start. Probably over the first few games in the Championship we will rotate and there is no pressure on us.

“We want to do really well (against London Broncos, Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions), but that’s not where we’re at. But you never know; our attitude has got to be right and people will support us if we compete.

“We don’t want to roll over and die, and give every game up, we want to fight and challenge in every game we play.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “The philosophy we brought in when I joined is that we’re not bothered about people’s ages.

“I wanted people who wanted to achieve something in the game, people who wanted to improve and people who wanted to get back into a higher league. I’m not particularly bothered whether you are 28 or 18 if you are good enough and have got the right attitude.

“I think people have seen that. Last year we had 16 players under the age of 24 in our first team.

“When people are getting released from Super League clubs at 19, 20 years old because they have not been offered a full-time deal, these players have got to look at where they going to get a chance.

“If we can identify that we have given ‘x’ amount of players their debut or their chance that are not at a particular age or have particular experience of Championship or League One, then it is a big tick in the box for us and I think that certainly helps.”

THE REFEREE:

The man in the middle at the J F Hornby Stadium this Sunday afternoon is Bradley Milligan from Workington. A regular whistleblower on the amateur scene in the Rugby League hotbed of Cumbria, Sunday’s friendly between the Raiders and Cougars marks Milligan’s first game in charge in the semi-professional game.

SUMMARY:

With both sides in action for the first time in 2018 in what is expected to be tough conditions at Barrow, this game could be a close encounter. Craig Lingard will use this opening game of the season to blood in a number of his new signings with Paul Crarey looking to give all his side the maximum amount of gametime possible ahead of a tough opening to life in the Championship with London, Toronto and Leigh providing the Raiders first three opponents of 2018. Both teams have worked hard on contact and goalline defence in pre-season so the defences could decide who comes out on top in this one.

Squad Announcement – Barrow Raiders

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today named his first squad of the 2018 season ahead of Sunday’s opening pre-season fixture against Betfred Championship newboys, Barrow Raiders.

Linners has named a 20 man squad for the traditional friendly in Cumbria which will see no fewer than 9 of his 13 new signings feature in Cougars colours for the first time.

Trae O’Sullivan, who made his loan move permanent from Batley in September, is joined by fellow off-season recruits Lewis Fairhurst, Billy Gaylor, Harvey Hallas, Jose Kenga, Cameron Leeming, Joe Lumb, Liam Senior and Ryan Wright.

Reserves winger Calvin Barker is also named in the side following Scotland international Davey Dixon’s withdrawal from the side on Friday morning.

Keighley-born Prop Matt Ross will also feature in the first game of his month’s trial with the club after training with the first team throughout pre-season since his departure from Betfred League One rivals Hemel Stags.

From last season’s squad, Player of the Year Matthew Bailey is named in the side as is the 38 try left-side pairing of Andy Gabriel and Adam Ryder.

Other players selected from the 2017 side are Harry Aaronson, Hamish Barnes, Mike Emmett, Josh Lynam and Scotland Universities Captain Gavin Reed.

Captain Josh Tonks and the half-back pairing of Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle don’t feature in Sunday’s squad and are expected to instead get their first runouts of 2018 next Sunday when Batley Bulldogs visit Cougar Park.

SQUAD TO FACE BARROW:
2 – Andy Gabriel
3 – Hamish Barnes
4 – Adam Ryder
10 – Trae O’Sullivan
11 – Josh Lynam
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Joe Lumb
15 – Ryan Wright
16 – Harvey Hallas
17 – Cameron Leeming
19 – Matthew Bailey
20 – Lewis Fairhurst
22 – Liam Senior
24 – Gavin Reed
28 – Harry Aaronson
29 – Brad Nicholson
30 – Billy Gaylor
31 – Jose Kenga
BLANK – Calvin Barker
TRIALIST – Matt Ross

Travel Pack 2018 – Barrow Raiders

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Barrow Raiders Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

It’s Cougartime once more! The Cougars begin 2018 on the road for our traditional pre-season friendly against the Barrow Raiders.

BarrowGAME DETAILS:
Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars
Pre-Season Friendly
J F Hornby Stadium
Sunday 14th January 2018, Kick Off: 14:00
Referee: Mr B Milligan

ADMISSION:
Adults – £10
Concessions – £7
Child under 16 – £3
Child under 5 – Free
Plus £1 Transfer to Grandstand

VENUE:
Craven ParkCraven Park, now the J F Hornby Stadium, was built in 1931, largely as a result of the efforts of supporters of Barrow RLFC, 500 of whom volunteered to construct the ground. The total cost of the building project came to £7,500 which was an unbelievable figure in those days.

The stadium was named after Commander G. W. Craven, a local war hero, who had started the appeal fund with a donation of £500. It should not be confused with Craven Park, or Old Craven Park in Hull, other rugby league venues.

For the visit of Wigan in the 2010 Challenge Cup improvements were made and the capacity is now 7,600 (up from 6,500).

WHERE TO DRINK:
The Raiders Bar is open on match days where the usual alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are available for purchase.

Outside the Raiders Bar there is a catering stall, where you can purchase a selection of hot drinks and foods, burgers, pies, hotdogs, etc.

There is also a shop near to the Willie Horne Stand which sells a selection of drinks, sweets and confectionary and to the right hand side of the Willie Horne Stand there is another catering venue selling hot and cold drinks and hot and cold snacks and confectionary.

WHERE TO PARK:
The Raiders have no parking at the ground but there is plenty of street parking nearby subject to parking regulations and also by the main entrance there is parking available in the grounds of the old factory.

Behind Craven Park is a large retail park with plenty of parking, although you should be wary of parking regulations.

TRAVEL:
COACH:
There are still a limited number of seats available on the Fun Bus, please contact Wendy Holder or Roger Hopkins for more information.

BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV:LA14 1XP
SUGGESTED ROUTE: (78.5 miles, 1hr 56min)
Turn Right onto the A650.
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A629. (Skipton)
At Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A629. (Skipton)
At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A629. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A65. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A65. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A65. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (M6, Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Brettargh Holt Junction branch left, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
Continue forward onto the A590, Entering Lake District National Park.
At Meathop roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Newby Bridge roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A590. (Barrow, Ulverston)
At Greenodd Roundabout continue forward onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Cross-A-Moor Junction continue forward onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590.
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590.
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
Turn left onto Duke Street.
Turn right onto Anson Street.
Turn left onto Willie Horne Way.
Arrive on Willie Horne Way.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
TRAIN: 09:07 from Keighley, arriving in Lancaster at 10:38.
TRAIN: 11:32 from Lancaster, arriving in Barrow-In-Furness at 12:36.
TRAIN: 18:03 from Barrow-In-Furness, arriving in Carnforth at 18:53.
TRAIN: 19:34 from Carnforth, arriving in Keighley at 20:49.

Sponsors Evening Takes Place Tonight

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Keighley Cougars would like to remind all sponsors and supporters that the sponsors and 2018 shirt presentation evening takes place tonight (11th January) at Cougar Park.

The evening gets underway at 7:30pm and features a whole host of festivites.

Club Ambassador Garry Schofield OBE will be discussing his new role at the club and there will be a presentation on the new projector installed in the executive suite.

2017 players sponsors will be presented with the respective players jerseys and the 2018 players sponsors will present their chosen players with his new jersey ahead of the forthcoming season.

The 2018 playing squads try songs will also be debuted this evening with the players choosing their own tunes for when they cross the line.

There will be an opportunity to put your questions for the 2018 season to the coaching staff and playing squad and supporters and sponsors will be able to sample food from the new 2018 hospitality menu and give feedback to the board of directors and executive commitee.

Match, Players and Coaching Staff sponsorship opportunites are still available and can be purchased or reserved at this evening’s event.

We hope to see you down at Cougar Park for what promises to be a cracking night!

Betfred To Sponsor Championship and League One

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The Rugby Football League is delighted to announce that Betfred will become the title partner of the Championship and League 1 until 2019, meaning that the UK based bookmakers now sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport.

Betfred have two years remaining on their Super League title sponsorship agreement and following a fantastic first year in the sport have decided to increase their involvement in the game by becoming title partner of the top three tiers of the sport.

Speaking following the announcement, acting Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “We are delighted that Betfred have extended their involvement in the sport to the Championship and League 1. Betfred’s first year involved in the Super League was an unquestionable success and I am certain that they will bring the passion and enthusiasm to their extended sponsorship.

“The Championship and League 1 provide great entertainment and are an integral part of the game and the fact that Betfred have extended their sponsorship to these tiers of the sport demonstrates the value they see in being involved in Rugby League. The Betfred Championship is now one of the most geographically diverse competitions in the world including teams from Toronto, Toulouse and London and with this new deal I am certain both competitions will go from strength to strength.

The partnership will see brand exposure for Betfred via in-stadia perimeter at all Championship and League 1 clubs as well as supporting the Championship’s big weekend, the Summer Bash at Blackpool in May when all six games will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Speaking about the partnership, Betfred boss Fred Done, said: “Our first year as title sponsors of Super League was both a very successful and satisfying one for me and I had no hesitation in agreeing to extend our sponsorship to the Championship and League 1.”

Reserves Friendly Postponed

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Keighley Cougars friendly against Brighouse Rangers this evening has been postponed.

The decision was made due to a waterlogged pitch at 9:30 this morning following a pitch inspection at Cougar Park.

With immediate work set to be carried out on the pitch ahead of the first team’s first home friendly against Batley Bulldogs on Sunday 21st January, the decision was made to postpone this fixture in order to protect the playing surface at Cougar Park.

The friendly has been re-arranged at Cougar Park for Wednesday 24th January with a 7:30pm kick off.

Cougars Enter Into Historic Canada Partnership

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Keighley Cougars are today delighted to announce we are entering into an historic partnership with the Canadian Rugby League Association.

The partnership will see the Canada Rugby League Association become the sponsors of Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard for the 2018 season as one of a number of initivatives between the two organisations.

Members of the Canada Wolverines National Men’s Side will travel to England to train with the Cougars following the completion of the Canadian domestic season with the Keighley Cougars Reserves side formally invited to travel to Canada for a two match tour at the back end of the 2019 season.

Rugby League is a fast expanding sport in Canada with the Toronto Wolfpack averaging crowds of over 7,000 spectators in their debut season which saw them crowned League One Champions on the back of winning the League One Leaders Shield.

The Canadian Ravens Women’s National Team were Bronze Medal Finalists at the last Commonwealth Games in 2014, losing to Wales, and reached the semi-finals of last Autumn’s World Cup where they were defeated by hosts and eventual winners Australia.

The Canadian domestic competition is expanding on the back of the publicity and success of the Wolfpack and Women’s National side with 16 teams across 3 regions competing in the forthcoming season.

Canada will also co-host the 2025 Rugby League World Cup following last year’s announcement from the RLIF that the Maple Leaf nation will joint host Rugby League’s premier international tournament with the United States of America.

Speaking about the partnership, Canadian Rugby League Association Board Member and Keighley Cougars supporter Darren Mabbott said: “The new board of directors at Canada Rugby League wanted to form some new partnerships to expand the brand of Canada and hopefully Keighley aswell.

“Because of the early 90’s during the height of Cougarmania people in Rugby League still have a soft spot for Keighley and Rugby League wouldn’t be what it is today without the Cougars and the level of popularity the club still has means this partnership can only go from strength to strength.

“The overall aim though for the partnership is more publicity for the Canadian game and the Cougars and form a working partnership for players in the Canadian domestic game and have some of them come to the UK and train with Keighley and we may unearth the next Jason Demetriou (Former Cougars Head Coach & Canadian international) but we want to move into the top 10 sides in the world and the parntership with Keighley will help us achieve that goal.

“The Cougars faced the Toronto Wolfpack this year and the Wolfpack have taken Rugby League in Canada up to a completely different level in terms of the standard of the game, attendances and because of this a lot more people in Canada now know of Rugby League because of the increased publicity and it’s not just hot now in Canada but in the United States also.

“Outside of the Wolfpack, there’s 12 teams across Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia in the domestic competition but this link with Keighley will hopefully make the domestic stronger and produce a better quality of player and Rugby League.

“The 2025 World Cup is a major event for Canada and the United States as it’s not a traditional nation and will take the profile and standard of the game in both countries will increase as it will provide valuable for experience for everyone involved to test themselves against the top nations such as Australia, England and New Zealand.

“It was my suggestion to forge the partnership with the Keighley Cougars as I’m a supporter of the club for 30 years and after speaking to Craig Lingard, things are looking good.”

Reserves Side Named To Face Brighouse

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Reserves Head Coach Scott Lindsey has today named his side as the Reserves prepare to begin there 2018 programme against Brighouse Rangers.

The pre-season friendly takes place at Cougar Park this Wednesday (10th January) evening with a 7:30pm kick-off. Admission for this fixture is £3 for Adults and Concessions with Juniors admission being just £1.

This is the first of three scheduled friendlies for the reserves with Super League pair Huddersfield Giants (31st January) and Wigan Warriors (21st February) also due to visit Cougar Park in the lead up to the new season.

Lindsey has named a 20 man squad to face Brighouse, which includes 9 debutants joining 11 players the club has retained from the 2017 season.

Luke Barnes, Cain Crotty, Miles Darwin, Ethan Egerton-Sharp, Ben Jackson, Joshua Murray, Jay Panter, Tim Stubbs and Harry Williams are all new to Cougar Park for 2018 and will all done the Red, White and Green for the first time against the Rangers this Wednesday evening.

Calvin Barker and Scotland Students International Luke Walters will both feature after a pre-season which saw the pair invited to train with the first team by Head Coach Craig Lingard.

Jak Adams, Jack Brown, Bradley Clarkson, George Kinnaird, Aaron Levy, Keenan McConville, Aaron Nowell, Luke Robinson and Callum Smithson also return from last season’s squad for this season.

The Reserves Championship fixture list will be released in due course with the Cougars joined by Halifax, Leigh, Wakefield and Wigan in this season’s league campaign.

RESERVES SQUAD TO FACE BRIGHOUSE:
Jak Adams
Calvin Barker
Luke Barnes
Jack Brown
Bradley Clarkson
Cain Crotty
Miles Darwin
Ethan Egerton-Sharp
Ben Jackson
George Kinnaird
Aaron Levy
Keenan McConville
Joshua Murray
Aaron Nowell
Jay Panter
Luke Robinson
Callum Smithson
Tim Stubbs
Luke Walters
Harry Williams

Cougars Complete Parker Capture

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Keighley Cougars can this afternoon announce the capture of Dan Parker from League One rivals Newcastle Thunder.

A utility player, Parker can cover a number of positions including centre, second-row, half-back and wing and arrives at Cougar Park following two years in the North-East.

Originally from Hull, Dan came through the ranks at amateur side West Hull before relocating to study at Leeds Beckett University where he was a part of the Beckett side that completed a run of 11 titles in a row and earning international honours with the Scottish Universities side, coached by current Cougars Assistant Coach Nathan Graham.

His performances in the student game caught the eye of Coventry Bears Head Coach Tom Tsang who took Parker to the Butts Park Arena where he became an influential part of the Bears side during their debut season in the semi-professional game finishing the year as the club’s top points scorer

From there, Dan moved north to Kingston Park as he became one of Michael Mantelli’s first signings for the Thunder and went on to make 42 appearances over two seasons in which time he scored 11 tries and converted 22 goals as well as helping the side lift the League One Shield in 2016 and beat both Doncaster and the Cougars to a top five finish in 2017.

We can also confirm that Parker has been allocated the number 32 jersey for the forthcoming 2018 season.

The Cougars are delighted to welcome Dan to Cougar Park and look forward to seeing him in Cougars colours!

If you would like to sponsor Dan Parker for the 2018 season, please follow this link: https://keighleycougars.com/online-store/sponsor-a-first-team-player/

Cougars Duo Selected For Commonwealth Games

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Keighley Cougars are today delighted to announce Davey Dixon has been selected by Scotland for the Rugby League 9’s tournament to be held as a part of the 2018 Commonwealth games with Cougars Assistant Coach Nathan Graham appointed the sides Head Coach.

The winger, who penned a new two-year deal ahead of the forthcoming season, has been selected in the Scot’s Under-23’s squad for the 9’s tournament to be held in February during the lead up to the main games in April on the Gold Coast in Australia.

As a result, Dixon will be unavailable for selection for the League One opener against Workington Town on the 18th February and the Cougars’ Third Round tie in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on the weekend off the 24th and 25th February.

This will be the second year in succession that Nathan, also known as Grash, will head Down Under to coach a Scotland side in tournament action after leading the Scottish Universities side to the semi-finals of the Student Rugby League World Cup in July of last year.

During his playing career, Graham was a full Scotland international who earned 10 caps for the Bravehearts and was a part of the squad that competed in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

The 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championship at Redcliffe will feature two days of exciting nines action on February 23 and 24 with Commonwealth nations competing in a nine-a-side exhibition competition at Dolphin Stadium in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Championship debuted as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with the inaugral Gold Medal winners being Papua New Guinea, will help bring the excitement of the Games to the Moreton Bay region.

In 2018 the event will be expanded to include four open women’s teams, in addition to 8 men’s under 23s teams and three teams including players with physical disabilities.

Scotland will be one of the 8 men’s under 23s teams and will be joined in the tournament by Host nation Australia, defending Champions Papua New Guinea, England, Wales, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa.

In order to be able to go to the Commonwealth Games to represent his country, Davey must raise £750 to cover the cost of the trip and supporters can donate on Dixon’s JustGiving page which can be found by following this link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/daveydixon

The Cougars as a club are delighted for and proud of Davey for earning his selection and wish him all the best in his fundraising efforts and at the Games next month!

Sponsors Night A Week Today

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Ahead of our friendly against Barrow Raiders, Keighley Cougars is hosting its annual Sponsors Night from 7.30pm on 11th January 2018.

All sponsors are invited and those that have sponsored a player in 2017, or a shirt, will have their chance to collect their shirts and have a photograph taken.

2018 player sponsors will also be able to present their chosen player with the 2018 playing shirt and pose for a photograph opportunity.

There will also be a special presentation on the night itself with the Executive Suite open from 7.30pm with proceedings starting at 8pm. Supporters as always are welcome to the event.

A number of player (£300+VAT) and coaches (£100+VAT) sponsorship opportunities available to purchase.

Player Sponsorships still available to purchase are as follows:
25. Aidan Scully
26. Aaron Nicholson

First Team Player Sponsorships can be purchased by following this link: https://keighleycougars.com/online-store/sponsor-a-first-team-player/

Coaching/Backroom Staff Sponsorships still available to purchase are as follows:
Assistant Coach: Nathan Graham
Football Manager: Jeremy Crowther
First Team Coaching Staff: James Feather
Reserves Team Assistant Coach: Craig Lovelock
Team Masseur: Jason Rolls
Player Welfare Manager: Judith Marples
Head Physiotherapist: Darran Miller
Physiotherapist: Joe Sowden
Physiotherapist: Jay Milomo

Craig Lingard Signs 12 Month Contract Extension

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Keighley Cougars are today delighted to announce Craig Lingard has extended his contract by a further 12 months, meaning he will remain as Head Coach until the end of the 2019 season.

After joining the club from Batley Bulldogs ahead of the 2017 season, ‘Linners’ put pen to paper on a 2 year deal with the option to extend by a further twelve months, an option which has now been taken by Chairman Gary Fawcett.

During his first year in charge of the Cougars, Lingard won 12, drew 2 and lost 12 of his 26 games in charge as the side finished 7th in League One and bowed out of both the League One Cup and Challenge Cup at the hands of familiar foes Barrow Raiders.

Despite a disappointing defeat to the now defunct All Golds in March, Craig oversaw a record equalling home victory over Oxford RL and dramatic draws away at Workington and at home to Toronto in the Super Eights. Linners also got his hands on the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy in January with a last gasp victory over the Bradford Bulls.

Introducing an exciting brand of Rugby to Cougar Park, ahead of the upcoming 2018 campaign Craig has overseen an overhaul of his squad for the second consecutive winter leaving him with a youthful squad designed to play the expansive Rugby League that Lingard expects from his sides.

Craig has also shown his devotion to having a Reserves side at Cougar Park by handing first team debuts to Harry Aaronson, Aidan Scully and Gavin Reed during the 2017 season and inviting Calvin Barker and Luke Walters to train with the first team during this pre-season to date.

In extending his tenure by a further year, Lingard joins first team duo Davey Dixon and Emmerson Whittel in pledging his future to the club for the next two years.

The club are delighted that Craig has extended his stay with the club by a further twelve months and are looking forward to the next two years under his tenure!

If you would like to sponsor Linners for the forthcoming season (£100+VAT), then please email either Gary Fawcett at info@keighleycougars.com or Joshua Chapman at joshctidchapman@gmail.com for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities & Season Tickets Still Available

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Keighley Cougars can today confirm a number of sponsorship opportunites are still available to purchase ahead of Sponsors Evening at Cougar Park on Thursday 11th January.

2018 First Team Player Sponsorships are still available as are opportunites to sponsors members of the Coaching and Backroom staff.

Priced at £300 for a player or £100 for a coach for the 2018 season, sponsorship entitles you to:
. Your name or business being listed next to your chosen player on the club website and in every matchday programme
. Your chosen players 2018 playing jersey (Players Only)
. Your name or business announced over the PA system at Cougar Park whenever your player plays or scores at home matches
. An invite to 2018 Shirt Presentation Night and an invite to the 2018 Player Of The Year Awards
. Signed 2018 Player Headshot from your chosen player
. Right to use sponsorship in company marketing and promotions

Player Sponsorships still available to purchase are as follows:
25. Aidan Scully
26. Aaron Nicholson
31. Jose Kenga

First Team Player Sponsorships can be purchased by following this link: https://keighleycougars.com/online-store/sponsor-a-first-team-player/

Coaching/Backroom Staff Sponsorships still available to purchase are as follows:
Head Coach: Craig Lingard
Assistant Coach: Nathan Graham
Football Manager: Jeremy Crowther
First Team Coaching Staff: James Feather
Reserves Team Assistant Coach: Craig Lovelock
Team Masseur: Jason Rolls
Player Welfare Manager: Judith Marples
Head Physiotherapist: Darran Miller
Physiotherapist: Joe Sowden
Physiotherapist: Jay Milomo

Season Tickets are also still available to purchase ahead of the 2018 season and can be bought between 10am and 2pm on Thursday afternoon’s at Cougar Park through Maz & Hazel in the Main Office.

Season Tickets purchased before Christmas are now available for collection and can be collected by contacting either Wendy or visiting Maz and Hazel on a Thursday at Cougar Park.

Season Ticket prices can be found by following this link: https://keighleycougars.com/product-category/season-tickets/